2019 Veteran Hero Awards
Veteran Service Non-Profit
Organization Operation Combat Bikesaver
Position Founder / President
Jason Zaideman served as a 12 Bravo Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army from 1996-2004. In 2015, he and his wife Lindsey founded Operation Combat Bikesaver, a unique non-profit therapy program for veterans afflicted with PTSD, TBI, and/or depression. Operation Combat Bikesaver practices "Hot Rod Therapy" by pairing a veteran with a broken down motorcycle. The veteran, also known as a Gear Head, will resurrect the bike using new learned skills in welding, fabricating, electric, and paint. At the end of the bike build, the title of the motorcycle is signed over to the veteran at no cost. Operation Combat Bikesaver brings back camaraderie for like-minded veterans and gives them a new sense of purpose by creating distinctive works of art from nothing. Veterans in the program work toward goals and can apply the skills they have learned to their personal lives. Operation Combat Bikesaver is in Crown Point, IN and has recently expanded to Tallassee, AL and Copperopolis, CA. Jason and Operation Combat Bikesaver were featured on season 1, episode 1 of Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe on Facebook Watch. On a second episode highlighting Operation Combat Bikesaver as the finale of season 3 of Returning the Favor, Mike Rowe claims Jason is responsible for the chain reaction across the entire United States of others following in his footsteps by giving back to their communities.